What Is Naturopathy
Definition of Naturopathy
indeed is knowledge to treats diseases without using any drug and naturopathy indeed is knowledge of living
healthy and improving longevity by conserving body energy.
naturopathy it is important to understand
Logic of life
according to nature
component of living organism and its function
Naturopathy is known word in different parts of human population
by different names.
Nature cure in
English spoken parts.
chiktsa – kudrat (Arabic or Urdu word) for nature, and chiktsa
means method or to live near of, means to live near nature
word for nature or to originate from nature; upchar means
modality and to live near of.
chiktsa- prakruti is word for nature in Hindi; chiktsa is word
for knowing pathogenesis and arranging treatment.
customary meaning of naturopathy but scientifically (biochemical and
bio physical) naturopathy supports regularization of metabolic
process and excretion of waste material in body, therefore helps
in maintaining static constant condition of homeostasis.
Instead of drugs,
physical and chemical properties of water, mud and air are utilized
as treatment modality. Concept of space and heat gradient are other
Near to nature
or to abide to law of nature.
modalities are based on natural resources.
life according to nature
Origin of Life
According to big bang theory, it is believed that Universe
begins 15 to 20 billions years ago in an explosion which
created all the atoms of Universe.
The gases condensed to form the Stars and Planets. Sun is
formed by nuclear fusion.
Initially Earth was like molten lava, as it began to cool,
the crust formed and volcanic activity oozes out material
and water vapors in to the air. Cooling of land and
condensation of water vapor leads to rain for millions of
years and surface of earth was covered by water- the
primordial sea. Thus condition becomes favorable for
beginning of life.
First life arose in primordial sea. It was the simplest
creature, unicellular organism. These organisms extract
energy from organic compound or from sunlight and used to
make more complex biomolecules from simplest elements and
compounds on earth surface.
Earth is only known habitat centre for living organism till
The unique position of earth in solar system is responsible
for nourishment of living organism.
Rotation of earth on its own axis and its revolution around
sun causes diurnal effect, (day and night) and seasonal
changes on living habitat of earth.
The effect of motion on its axis and around the sun is
apparent an important factor for living. This motion is
responsible for climatic and diurnal changes.
Living organisms perceived the changes by change in
temperature, pressure, and various forces. Beside this every
living organism has its own specific temperature, pressure,
The individual temperature, pressure, and forces are
maintained and control by routes and impulse of ingestions
and excretion (Hunger, thirst, sleep etc.).
Hunger, thirst, sleep are influenced by change in
temperature and pressure of surrounding, nature.
To yearn and to survive we change our living style according
to change in temperature of external environment, because
extreme condition like hot or cold are life threatening to
Moving away from extremes of condition and excretion of
waste material formed in process of energy transformation is
essential function to protect our self.
We use various electric gadgets and conventional remedies to
response the changes in temperature in nature surrounding
The surface temperature of body rises and falls with
temperature of surrounding.
We drape accordingly to the temperature surrounding us for
maintaining body temperature.
Eatables and potables on which we grow are the part of our
nature or surrounding.
Our food and beverages changes according to change in nature
so internal constitute of our body is in contact with the
nature surrounding us.
It is not that we totally only take and take but we give
something in return to nature. Living organism exchanges
both energy and matter to the universe.
We give away co2 when we
release the breath.
We throw certain ions in universe by urination and
The matters, which are waste for us, are precursors of
energy in nature or another organism.
Some of these organisms are unhealthy to us, so we maintain
the hygienic condition surrounding us.
In primitive age man was close to nature. His activities
were strictly confined to the rules of nature. Man in that
period was stronger physically and mentally than today.
His needs, desire facilitate civilization.
In endeavor of civilization he drifted away from nature.
Apart from physical needs he nourishes greed, anger,
jealous, hate, etc. which leads to physical and mental
distress and diseases.
Component of life
simplest living organism is cell.
Living organisms are composed of lifeless molecules.
They are alike in physical and chemical nature to inanimate
Living organisms are distinguished from inanimate matter by
chemical complexity and organizations.
extract transform and use energy from their surrounding.
capacity of precise self-replication and self-assembly.
Human body is made up of 75 trillions cells.
Group of cells alike in structure and behavior are called
Organs are made of tissue.
Intricate work carried in particular order are said to be system.
The most important characteristic of living organism is they extract
transform and use energy from their surrounding. In
physiological word this process is called metabolism.
Metabolism is a word use in science for making of energy in cells.
To derive energy cells have to spend some energy for it. By coupling the
energy more work is done by loosing less energy.
The energy conservation is important for metabolism and replication of the
Faster the metabolism faster is the wear and tear process
of the cell.
To regulate the smooth metabolism cells are endowed with feedback
There are two types of feedback mechanism viz. positive and
Out of this negative feedback mechanism is life saving one.
Cells require constant temperature and pressure for its
The ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain
internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological
processes is homeostasis.
For survival living habitat are dependent on environment
surrounding them. This phenomenon implies to cell also.
Cells are dependent on nutrient surrounding them.
Cells are surrounded by extracellular fluid.
This extracellular fluid is composed of large amount of
sodium, chloride and bicarbonate ions plus nutrients for
cells such as oxygen, glucose, fatty acids and amino acids.
The extra cellular fluid is called as internal environment.
The maintenance of nearly constant condition in internal
environment is called homeostasis.
In process of energy transform and utilization some waste
particles are formed.
If they are not thrown in particular time they disturb
static condition of internal environment.
Ingestion assimilation and excretion are key factors in
Principles of Naturopathy
Naturopathy is science that deals with treating the disease,
using inbuilt capacity of body of balancing homeostasis
condition by maintaining equilibrium between addition of
substance and removal of substance:
disturbance in homeostasis condition of body.
behind achieving the health are to restore the original set point of sensor system of homeostatic
condition by regulating diet and excreting the solid, liquid
and gaseous particle.
of addition and removal are based on laws of physiology.
Ingestion and excretion both affect the internal environment
Ingestion depends on physiological needs of nutrients and
ions. This need is expressed by hunger and thirst.
Waste particles and ions are excreted by excretory system.
Urination, evacuation, tears, yawning, semen ejaculation,
flatulence, vomiting, sneeze, burping, Sweating, and
exhalation are process of excretion. These are corrected by
maintaining thermoregulation, osmoregulation and
used for treatment are natural occurring. (Water, air and
Media of heat loss are air and water. Water has high
specific heat several thousand times as great as that of air
so that each unit portion of water adjacent to skin can
absorbs far greater quantity of heat than can air.
In addition conductivity of water for heat is markedly high in
comparison with that of air. Conduction of heat transfer is
more in mud application.
Water is main medium of treatment in naturopathy because of
its characteristic of, absorption of body heat.
used for treatment are based on natural law of
Temperature is main theme of life.
Heat constantly is produced for various cellular and
physical work including growth and replication.
To maintain body temperature at certain point there should
be balance in heat production and heat loss.
The rate of heat production is determined by
Basal rate of metabolism of all cells of body.
Increase in rate of metabolism caused by muscle
Increase in metabolism caused by effect of thyroxin
Increase in metabolism caused by epinephrine and nor
epinephrine & sympathetic stimulation of cells.
Increase in metabolism caused by increase metabolism
of body cells.
heat loss are Radiation, conduction, convection and
temperature of body is greater than temperature of
surrounding, a greater quantity of heat is radiated from the
Conduction – direct conduction of body from surface of body
to other object such as chair or bed in minute as compared
to loss of heat by conduction to air. If the air is colder
than skin heat is lost by molecule of skin of body until
temperature of air immediately adjacent to skin equal the
temperature of skin.
Convection - the removal of heat from the body by convection
air current is heat loss by convection. Heat is convected
away to air and then carried away by convection current.
Water is more effective than air for convection and
conduction of heat.
Evaporation – some heat is lost by skin and lungs by
evaporation. As long as skin temperature is greater than
temperature of surrounding heat is lost by radiation and
conduction but when temperature of surrounding is greater
than temperature of skin gain heat by conduction and
radiation instead of loosing heat.
is better than cure:
Positive feedback mechanism and negative feedback mechanism
are control system of body in response to any change
perceived by body.
If the set point of system remains normal, onus on control
mechanism will remain not as much of that as it is in state
of development of disease.
Proper addition and proper removal take away the onus from
Fewer burdens on control system, fewer are the chance of
developing systemic disease.
Naturopathy teaches what proper addition is and how proper
removal is supported.
Some diseases are born of various organisms like bacteria,
These organisms had chemicals that are harmful for body.
These are toxins. Body had certain capacity that detects the
foreign particles and makes a chemical or takes the action
that nullifies the effect.
This is immune system. They are of two types: innate and
Body is endowed with lymphoid tissues, which are main
template of defense mechanism.
Diet regulation, proper physical work (exercise, asanas and
yoga) and treatment modalities of naturopathy particularly
hydrotherapy abets improvement in defense mechanism.
Development of self-reliance.
Self-reliance is to be self determined about your self.
For having self-reliance it is necessary to have positive
approach in yourself.
To chuck out of psychological disorder (Desire, Greed,
Anger, self centeredness, egotism etc) and addiction
(drinks, tobacco, tea, etc.) it is essential to have
strength of motivation, which is achieved by having positive
approach in yourself.
Positive attitude or negative attitude is innate sentiments
of person, which is inflated by personal, social,
Hormones and chemicals stimulated by treatment methods like
cold therapy, hot therapy and enema helps in regulating
hypothalamic pituitary axis.
The HPA axis is involved in the neurobiology of mood
disorders and functional illnesses, including anxiety
disorder, bipolar disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress
disorder, major depressive disorder, burnout, chronic
fatigue syndrome and addiction like alcoholism etc.
ensue by any cause are reflected as change in chemicals and
Diet regulation and yogasan pranayam is one factor for
But main key for developing self-reliance is enhancing good
moral values and keeping faith in your endeavor
or duty, without concern of results.